Wimbledon Train Station, Underground and Tramlink Station , centrally located on The Broadway, enjoys excellent transport links. Also it is the only station in the Greater London area served by Rail, Underground, and Tramlink. The station with its 11 platforms is located within the Zone 3 of London Transport.
First opened on 21st of May 1838, the original station was located to the south of the current station. And on the opposite side of Wimbledon Bridge when the London and South Western Railway opened the service from Battersea to Woking. In addition, on 3 June 1855 the District Railway, now London Underground District Line opened an extension of the service from Putney Bridge, making Wimbledon Station the terminus for that service.
By 1905 the District Line main services were replaced by electric rolling stock although long distance journeys were still carried by steam traction until the year 1967. Between the years 1949 until 1956 Wimbledon station was the home of a local celebrity, “Laddie” the Airedale Terrier and Railway Collection Dog. Born in 1948, Laddie collected over £5,000 in donations for the Southern Railwaymen’s Homes at Woking, via a box strapped to his back.
Accordingly, after retiring in 1956 Laddie spent the rest of his days with the residents at the Home. After his death in 1960 Laddie was stuffed, and shortly after, as a victim of his own success he reported back to work at Wimbledon station, continuing to collect for the Homes, this time from inside of a glass case situated on platform 5, until 1990 when he retired for a second time. So, nowadays Laddie is part of the National Railway Collection.
Wimbledon Train Station is well known for its quirky procedures with the pay-as-you-go system Oyster Card. Normally most London Transport passengers touch in at the beginning of their journey, and touch out at the end. However, Tramlink passengers departing from Wimbledon Train Station are not able to touch out, instead they need to touch their Oyster Card on the reader as they go through, and again on another reader on the platform, as Tramlink has no reader facilities to touch out.
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